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PR – For the first time, probably since the Domesday Book, a complete list of English property addresses is now available, updated in almost real-time. The National Land and Property Gazetteer (NLPG), the first, definitive, national (England and Wales) address list that provides unique identification of properties and conforms to British Standards is to be launched for commercial use on 30 April 2008.

The onward uses of the NLPG are  potentially huge, from wider public sector use to commercial application in insurance, customer profiling, logistics, satellite navigation and more. The commercial availability of the NLPG is a milestone for this local government led project. It is based on the definitive list of standardised and  authoritative addresses from local authorities in England and Wales. The NLPG  represents the largest shared service of its type and is well embedded in local government. The process not only brings direct benefits to individual local government Imagebodies through efficiencies and service improvements but as an output, provides a much needed definitive, live list of all property in England and Wales.

Local Government’s Improvement and Development Agency (IDeA) and partnerIntelligent Addressing (IA) will formally announce the availability of
commercial licensing for the National Land and Property Gazetteer (NLPG) to potentialusers at a launch event on 30th April at the Royal Geographical Society in London.

Steve Brandwood, Geographic Information Team – Programme Manager at IDeA said, “From the NLPG’s earliest days, many local authorities started to derive the benefits of utilising one integrated corporate address dataset. Every local authority in England and Wales is now committed to the NLPG process.Putting in place a commercial license for the data will enable all sectors to benefit from an address gazetteer regularly maintained at source, and including the key for efficiently linking datasets, the Unique Property Reference Number (UPRN)”.
This launch is aimed at potential users of the NLPG and is designed to explain the NLPG process, which has led to the development of the only national address dataset compliant with the national standard, BS7666 (the NLPG is 100% compatible with its sister project in Scotland, the National Gazetteer for Scotland). The event includes a presentation of the NLPG ‘in action’, as well as outlining the terms of access to the gazetteer. The presentations will be followed by a buffet lunch and drinks reception. Potential users of the NLPG who would like to attend the event are invited to register their details using the form available on the home page of the NLPG website
Notes to Editors: The NLPG was initiated in 1999 to become the master address dataset for England and Wales and the central hub for the 376 address creating Local Authorities and their Local Land and Property Gazetteers (LLPGs). Based on unique property reference numbers (UPRNs) the underlying principle of these gazetteers is to provide a single definitive address database for all departments and systems across a local authority in order to cut costs, improve efficiency and service delivery. The dataset enables various local authority departments – from revenue collection and environmental health, to social security, the electoral roll and education – to now offer true ‘joined up’ government. The benefits also go beyond service delivery. Fraud prevention, tax collection and disaster planning all benefit from the fact that each property is given a ‘Unique Property Reference Number’ which transcends (property) numbers, names, descriptions (such as ‘The Nursing Home’) and postcodes. UPRNs are assigned for the full life of the plot and/or building. The project was given a significant boost in 2005 with the introduction of the Mapping Services Agreement, which committed all Local Authorities to bringing their gazetteers up to standard and to start submitting regular updates to the NLPG hub for use by national and regional organisations. Collaboration with DNA-S (Definitive National Addressing for Scotland) who use the same BS7666 processes and database schemas means that the a British addressing infrastructure is now a reality. The Improvement and Development Agency (IDeA) The IDeA works in partnership with all councils, to enhance the performance of the best, accelerate the speed of improvement of the rest, and develop the sector as a whole. IDeA has brokered the Mapping Services Agreement (MSA) through the Local Government Information House (LGIH), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Agency. Working in partnership with the local government community developing national infrastructure projects that enable councils to deliver local services more effectively, LGIH acts as an intermediary between the public and the private sector enabling it to negotiate with private companies on behalf of local authorities in order to provide key parts of a technical infrastructure for improved service delivery.

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